The Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance, via the Mid North Health Care Trust have made a large donation of $100,000 to the renovations set to begin on the Jamestown Hospital operating theatre next week.
The Mid North Health Advisory Council approached the group earlier in the year to see if they could make a donation towards the project, and for the group, it is something they say was always going to happen.
“If it meant saving people to go to Port Augusta or go to Port Pirie or to Clare, then so be it. Lets keep the hospital in the district, lets keep it open, lets keep it state of the art for what we need and that is what we are doing”, Team Leader of the Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance, Peter Talbot said.
The Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance consists of nearly 20 members who are either past or present ambulance workers, and present themselves as a community group, who donates towards local projects or causes in a bid to help their community.
They saw the hospital’s need for money as something which could not be ignored, and as a small local hospital with reputable staff, they decided to make the donation.
“We have a local hospital here in this area and a lot of the other small hospitals around here have lost of a lot of their services. We have fantastic medical staff at the hospital, we have a fantastic number of doctors here who support us and we support them 100 per cent.”
“You have routine operations that can all be done here, the people don’t need to go away. They stay in their town, where their support base is, they are not going down to a hospital where they don’t know anyone.”
Steve Richmond, the presiding member of the Mid North Health Advisory Council says they are extremely grateful for the generous donation.
“This ensured not only that the project would go ahead but that also the MNHAC had the financial capacity to continue to support the Jamestown Hospital Renovation Project, along with community donation and fundraising.”
“Without this commitment the project was likely to fail, and other opportunities were unlikely to be offered by Country Health SA.”
Previously, the group donated over $100,000 to upgrade the lighting and seal the airstrip at the Sir Hubert Wilkins Airstrip, in addition to buying equipment for Helping Hand and other hospital requirements.
“If they don’t get money from the local community, the whole project at the hospital could fall over and it will go.”
Different groups approach them for a donation consideration, which the group bases upon merit.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for SA Ambulance in Jamestown, contact Peter Talbot on 0439 948 810.
The group’s money which sits in a trust fund, has been accumulating since the ambulance system was private, in addition to funds received from deceased estates and subscriptions.
“People need to be aware that we are here to support our community where we can and we will keep supporting when we can. We base every request on its merits and some we can help and some we can’t. Certainly as far as our hospital goes, it is top of the priority.”